Toys for pets…they love to have fun but we have to make sure they are safe!

There are dozens and dozens of dog toys on the market today – all shapes, sizes, colors and textures.  Some are for tossing, and others are for fetching, tugging, cuddling or chewing.

Every dog needs to have a good assortment of dog toys. But there is a dangerous truth about dog toys that we want to share with you today.

ALL dog toys can be dangerous. NO TOY is totally 100% indestructible, especially for aggressive chewers. That is the truth.

An aggressive chewer can destroy ANY toy, so if you have a dog that is super tough on toys, always be safe and supervise his play.

Here is another truth. If your dog is an aggressive chewer and he swallows the chewed pieces of a toy, it can be very dangerous.  It can cause life-threatening gastrointestinal foreign bodies that can require life-saving surgery to remove.

But even if your dog is an aggressive chewer, he still needs to have toys.  Play is important to a dog’s physical and mental health.

The most important thing you can do is to know your dog.  Understand how destructive he is. Be aware of his behavior. Does he chew things up? Does he ingest the things that he chews up? Watch. Monitor. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

The ideal is to give your dog toys while supervised so that you can observe your dog’s behavior with his toys. This isn’t to say that because your dog behaves well with a toy one time that he won’t chew it up and eat it the next. You never know. We’ve seen dogs of all ages eat toys and require surgery to remove those toys to save their lives.  So as you look to fill their stockings and wrap their presents… make sure you select toys that are appropriate for the type and size of your pet.

If you are not sure what to purchase this holiday season, stop on in to the Animal Hospital of Polaris.  We have hundreds of ideas and our veterinarians can make the best recommendation for you (and your pet) based upon their knowledge and your observation of your favorite furry friend.

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